Fall Conference with David Cook is for Students and Teachers


We hope this finds you well. Theresa and I proudly serve together as our district’s conference chairs and we are excited to invite you to come to this year’s conferences because they will be like no other! This year, there will be offerings for us as teachers AND for students.

While you may not be able to secure tickets to see Taylor Swift or Jennifer Hudson in concert next week, with the help of The Wise Channel, there will be a FREE STUDENT TALK being offered and you and your students’ families are invited to come hear from and meet their music director and musician David Cook (son of our very own CEOMTA member, Janice Cook) for a FREE student talk next Thursday, September 7th at 6:30pm at Kawai Piano Gallery in Polaris!

David will be speaking at our Fall 2023 CEOMTA Conference the very next day, Friday, September 8th (doors open at 9:15) with the talk geared to our teacher membership discussing our important role as teachers in our students’ lives.

During both inspirational talks, David will share his journey from growing up in Central Ohio to working with some of the most well known and respected artists today! Thursday’s talk is geared specifically towards students and their families (teachers are welcome too) and Friday’s talk is for teachers. Both events will include a Q&A.

I invite you to save your seat TODAY by sharing with your studio and filling out the RSVP forms below. Seating is limited. Thanks and we hope to see you there.

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Here’s a link to David’s bio on his website

Thank you for sharing this with your students and please feel free to reach out if you have questions!

See you then,
Ashley Wise (wisenotesmusic@gmail.com) and Theresa Murphy,
CEOMTA Conference Chairs

David Cook to speak at District Fall Conference Sept. 8

Join us for an engaging conversation with Ohio native and musician, David Cook, son of our very own CEOMTA member, Janice Cook, as he shares his personal journey growing up in OH to now living in NY and crisscrossing the country serving as an adjunct professor and musical director for some of the world’s most notable artists. This conference is guaranteed to be like none other as he shares his personal story and reminds and inspires us as teachers of the important role we play in our student’s lives.

Friday, September 8, 2023 9:30-12:00PM
Kawai Gallery of Piano – Located at Polaris Fashion Place
1540 Polaris Pkwy #104 – Columbus, OH 43240

Your students are also invited to attend a separate, free special talk featuring David Cook discussing his musical journey geared just for students on Thursday, September 7th beginning at 6:30 pm currently also scheduled at Kawai Piano Gallery. Due to limited seating, both events are RSVP only.

NYC-based pianist David Cook has worked across genres from jazz to pop to blues and everything in between for nearly 20 years, as musical director, sideman and leader. He is currently the musical director for Taylor Swift, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, Shoshana Bean and several other artists. As a sideman he has played in bands led by Mark Guiliana, Lizz Wright, Alan Ferber, Jared Schonig and more. And as a leader he has released 3 critically acclaimed jazz records, Loyal Returns (Sunnyside) and Pathway & Scenic Design (Brooklyn Jazz Underground). Originally from Columbus, he’s a graduate of the University of Michigan school of music and serves as adjunct professor in the jazz department at Montclair State University’s John J. Cali school of music.

RSVP Links and other conference information can be found at https://www.ceomta.org/teacher-events/conferences/district-fall-conference

Registration Open for 2023 State Conference – In Columbus


Join us to be inspired, energized, and to reignite your passion for teaching and learning! You will not only learn to engage with students in more meaningful ways, but you will also have the opportunity to enjoy live concerts by pianist Spencer Myer, the Columbus Cultural Orchestra, and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra!